Upstate Amateur Golf

Ramey, Wilson and Morehead win Spartanburg Co titles

Frank Wilson (left) won the Super Senior Men's title. Doug Ramey (right) won the County Senior Mens championship.

Frank Wilson (left) won the Super Senior Men’s title. Doug Ramey (right) won the County Senior Mens championship.

Three new champions were crowned at the Coca-Cola Spartanburg County Senior Mens, Super Senior Mens and Women’s tournament played at Three Pines Country Club.

Doug Ramey won the Senior Mens title while Frank Wilson finished on top of the Super-Senior Division.

Page Morehead won her first County Women’s title with Stephanie VanInwagon taking her sixth Senior Women’s title.

Doug Ramey shot an opening round 4-under par 68.

Doug Ramey shot an opening round 4-under par 68. (Photo from First Tee of Spartanburg)

Doug Ramey held a two-shot lead after the first round. It was a very good round, but it might have been even better.

“I know I left a couple of birdies out there with some putts I missed, but for the most part I played very well and was happy with the 68,” he said.

In the second round Ramey never knew exactly how he stood. As is the case in most amateur events there was not a scoreboard or a running tally of the golfers chasing the first round leader.

“I knew I was playing alright, but I also knew there were some golfers who were capable  of shooting better than the first round and getting into the lead,” said Ramey.

While the first day Ramey had little trouble in the second round a double bogey on the 16th hole had him wondering if he still had a chance to win.

“I hit it over the green and got in a bunker, I bladed the shot out and ended up with a double and thought I might have lost the tournament on that hole,” he said.

Ramey parred the next two holes and saw his closest competitor Kin Britton watching him for a spot near the club house.

“I would have liked to have been able to holler at him and find out what he shot, but I just concentrated on getting my par and hoping it was god enough,” said Ramey.

It turned out his two day total of 141 was one shot better than Britton. Former champion Bobby Newman finished in third place while Gene Wetmore finished in third.

Another former champion, Bill Gee finished in a tie for fourth place with Darryl Brown. Brown aced his very first hole in the final round. He used a 5 iron to make the hole-in-one on the 176 yard hole. Mike Harpe and Steve Walker witnessed the ace.

Senior Men’s Flight winners included Championship Flight – Kin Britton, First Flight – Gene Wetmore, Second Flight – Ray Rankin, Third Flight – Ronnie Pruitt, Fourth Flight – Kenny Pruitt, Fifth Flight – Bob Hames, Sixth Flight – Mike Webber.

Wilson won the Super-Senior title by four shots ov er Bobby Cox. The winner shot a two day total of 142. Super-Senior golfers played from forward tees in the tournament.

Page Morehead shot a final round 75 to win the women's championship.

Page Morehead shot a final round 75 to win the women’s championship. (photo from First Tee of Spartanburg)

The Coca-Cola Women’s Amateur championship was won by Page Morehead. The future Wofford golfer shot rounds of 77 and a tournament best 75 to win the title by three shots over Abbey Driscoll.

The former Spartanburg High School golfer had some misfortune and good fortune in the final round.

“I four-putted my second hole for a double bogey. I made a good birdie on the first hole and thought I had gotten off to a good start,” she said.

Morehead did play better and her putting on the very fast greens helped her get the win. She poured in a 50-footer on the fourth hole to get back up by two shots and win the County title in her first attempt.

Page Morehead won the Women's County championship by 3 shots.

Page Morehead won the Women’s County championship by 3 shots.

“It is nice to get a win during the summer especially with starting at Wofford. It was a great experience for me,” said Morehead.

Stefanie VanInwagon shot rounds of 83 and 77 to win the Senior Women’s Division. The six time senior champion finished six shots in front of Julie Bradley.

Flight winners included – First Flight – Abbey Driscoll, Second Flight – Betty Armbruster, Third Flight – Vickie Bagwell.

 

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